It was rumored earlier this week that former Vikings and Patriots receiver Randy Moss was gaining interest from the New York Jets. Reports later on came that the Jets had no actual interest in Moss, they only showed interest in him, because they wanted to motivate Santonio Holmes.
For the last few weeks, Holmes has mentioned that he wants a long-term contract, saying that his performance for the Jets in 2010 was worthy of being considered as a top receiver once again. There is no doubt that Holmes made plays in 2010, being worthy of a big contract again is on the fence.
Moss, on the other hand, should retire. Everywhere he goes, there is trouble.
After a few games in New England, Moss went back to Minnesota and it was considered as Moss' second coming. Moss did not do much for the Vikings, resulting in him being waived.
With the lockout going on right now, the Jets cannot negotiate with Holmes regarding a contact, but they may lose him before they even get him to the bargaining table.
In most cases, PR stunts like these can either help a team or make matters worse, Holmes is the kind of receiver that can help a team no matter where he goes. He knows this and that's the reason why he's asking for a large contract.
If Holmes were to walk away because of this attempt to "motivate" him, the Jets receiving core would be completely dismantled. They'd still have Jericho Cotchery, but as of right now, Braylon Edwards, Holmes and Brad Smith are all free agents.
Depending on when the lockout ends, Holmes should be made their No. 1 priority. Edwards is facing possible jail time and Brad Smith is more valuable when it comes to the wildcat, which is less important than having a great receiver that can help Mark Sanchez with his continuous development.